Now Archived! PolarConnect Event with Kevin Dickerson
In case you missed it, learn what it is like to live at McMurdo Field Station and work in the Dry Valleys of Antarctica. The event was held on Wednesday, 6 February 2019 with teacher Kevin Dickerson and the 2019 Dry Valleys Ecosystem Study Team. Read more about their research here.
Upcoming PolarConnect Event!
Join PolarTREC for a live event from the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Portland, Oregon. The event will be held on Thursday, 28 February 2019 with educator Allyson Woodard and researchers Dr. Santosh Panda and Dr. Alexander Kholodov from the University of Alaska. They will be discussing their field work and experiences from last August while working in the Alaskan village of Nikolai on Permafrost and Community. Read more about their research and what Allyson observed here. The one hour event starts at 11:00am Alaska Standard Time (12pm PST, 1pm MST, 2pm CST, 3pm EST). The event is free. Please join us!
New Expedition Underway
Get Ready! Utah teacher Kevin Dickerson is headed to Antarctica to work with Dr. Byron Adams. His work is part of the McMurdo Dry Valleys Long-Term Ecological Research (MCM LTER) Program, an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary study of the aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems in an ice-free region of Antarctica. They will spend time collecting microbes in the Dry Valleys. Follow the expedition, post questions, and sign up for webinars from the field here.
December Witness Community Highlights
The December 2018 issue of Witness Community Highlights is now available online. This issue includes two articles: “NSF’s Navigating the New Arctic (NNA)” presents an overview of the solicitation that embodies the Foundation's forward-looking response to the profound challenges associated with the Arctic; “Arctic Science Ministerials: High Level Political and Policy Support for Grass Roots Level International Scientific Collaboration” provides a perspective of how the first and second Arctic Science Ministerial events developed and why international cooperation is essential to address challenges that result from a warming Arctic.
Lauren Neitzke Adamo's Switzerland Expedition Photos
Full resolution photos are now available online for PolarTREC teacher Lauren Neitzke Adamo's Sliding Glaciers expedition to Valais Canton of Switzerland, that took place from August 10th to 28th, 2018.
Wendi Pillars' Alaska Expedition Photos
Full resolution photos are now available online for PolarTREC teacher Wendi Pillars' Migration and Carry-Over Effects in Arctic Seabirds expedition to Savoonga, St. Lawrence Island, Alaska, that took place from July 16th to August 5th, 2018.
Melissa Lau's Alaska Expedition Photos
Full resolution photos are now available online for PolarTREC teacher Melissa Lau's Phenology and Vegetation Change in the Warming Arctic expedition to Toolik Field Station, Alaska, that took place from June 6th to July 7th, 2018.
Happy Holidays from ARCUS
ARCUS wishes you all a very happy holiday and we look forward to working with you all in 2019.
Archived PolarConnect Event
In case you missed it, learn what it's like to live and work in Antarctica and work on the Automatic Weather Stations with teacher Mike Penn and team lead Lee Welhouse. You can read more about their research and what Mike is doing here.
New Website Available
Incidents and Lessons Learned in Arctic Fieldwork
Researches working in the field in the Arctic face many challenges to health and safety. To learn from past incidents and prevent future injuries, the Arctic Sciences Section at the National Science Foundation is sharing information about the accidents and near misses that have happened during fieldwork.
The short summaries for each incident can be used to seed discussions within field teams about how to better manage risks in the field. In some cases, Lessons Learned documents have been drafted to emphasize the root cause of an incident to prevent it from happening in the future. The information is not attributed to any individual or projects. The goal is to increase reporting of incidents and near misses while also decreasing the occurrence of incidents in the field.
This effort is one of the outcomes of the 2014 workshop on Arctic Field Safety Risk Management. The Arctic Sciences Section encourages researchers to report incidents and near misses to their cognizant program manager or to their project manager at CH2MHILL Polar Services.